Puddle jumping and rock skipping is a part of what childhood is all about. And when I can incorporate that in to a family or children’s session, well that just makes my day! These three kiddos are my niece and nephews, and look how darn cute they are!! Every year my niece has a big dance recital, and every year her grandpa comes all the way up from Texas to see her in the show. How amazing and dedicated is that?! That is love! This year, their mommy thought it would be so sweet to have their photos taken with grandpa, and I have to agree that it was such a great idea. My youngest nephew does not have the same biological father as his siblings, but that doesn’t matter in our family nor to grandpa Jerry. Family is not always who you share blood with. My niece and nephews are not my biological family either, but they ARE my family. The oldest two were the ring bearer and flower girl in my wedding even. I love all three!!

So, off we went to Arcola Creek Estuary in North Madison, Ohio. We are so lucky in Northeast Ohio to have Lake Erie! The youngest found all the good puddles to jump in, and the other two had a blast skipping rocks with grandpa Jerry. You see all of the in between moments, the unposed ones? Those are the moments that I long for with family sessions! The laughs and the high fives, those are the real moments that I love. Those are what family is all about.

Northeast Ohio Family Photographer - Lifestyle Photography

Northeast Ohio Family Photographer – Lifestyle Photography


Northeast Ohio Family Photographer - Lifestyle Photography

Northeast Ohio Family Photographer – Lifestyle Photography

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Northeast Ohio Family Photographer - Lifestyle Photography

Puddle Jumping & Rock Skipping – Northeast Ohio Family Photographer


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  1. Lynne Wagner says:

    They’re going to absolutely treasure these photos when they’re older! I love the natural expressions you were able to capture!

  2. jillhouser says:

    They had so much fun! I love all the action shots you got. These are such great family photos.

  3. Erin says:

    I just love this family session! It is so important to have photos with the grandparents. You can tell everyone had a blast – there is so much emotion and so many smiles in these photos.

  4. Shauna D MacDonald says:

    What an amazingly fun family portrait session!! I bet the kids LOVED it!

  5. Raina says:

    This is quite possible my all time FAVORITE family shoot ever!!

  6. It’s such a blessing to be able to take family photos of your very own family! It’s so special- and I love that you incorporate ‘real’ kiddo activities into you sessions, even if you get a little messy!

  7. Definitely one of my top 10 sessions from you

  8. Ashton Kelley says:

    What a heart melter!! Such a fun little sesh.

  9. Audrey says:

    I think the puddle jumping is my favorite!!! <3

  10. Those are a treasure of images! I’m sure those kids will get big smiles every time they see them and remember spending the time together.

  11. Amber says:

    I want a muddy puddle shot with my girls SO bad

  12. I love how playful and fun these images are!! You really captured personality and the little years so well… I wish I had more of my own family doing these things!

  13. so much fun with these little ones! I love the sense of adventure and all the fun to be discover!

  14. Jess says:

    Aw! I cannot wait until my little one starts jumping in puddles! Maybe when she starts wanting to skip rocks, I can finally learn to do it properly. Ha! You can tell that everyone in the photos feels really comfortable with you. Great shoot!

  15. Jamie says:

    Love these natural moments and purposeful portraits, a beautiful blend of real life, exactly as they are. You’re right about puddle jumping, its a must! Great work, this family looks so relaxed and happy <3

  16. sarah Funk says:

    Awww I love this kind of session, so much excitement, and emotion… those kids are just darling. You did a lovely job!

  17. Mariko says:

    I love how fun these photos are. You are a talented Northeast Ohio Family Photographer and I bet a blast to work with.

  18. I love the location of this ohio family session, i love all the action shots. This is why you are the best Northeast Ohio Family Photographer!

  19. I love this story of grampa coming all way from Texas, so wonderful and I’m sure it makes her feel so special. I need to remember to hire a photographer next time my family comes for a visit with the kids- it’s the perfect opportunity. Where in Northeast Ohio is this located?

  20. Andrea says:

    This is the perfect location in Northeast Ohio for a Family session. I would like to hire you as our Photographer for some pictures this summer.

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